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Behavioral Health Recovery Attendant

Date Posted:  Oct 14, 2021
Requisition ID:  254141

Richmond, IN, US, 47374


Work for Indiana

Grow your career with the State of Indiana! With more than 50 executive branch agencies, the State of Indiana is a diverse workforce offering employees stimulating and challenging projects across a broad scope of career opportunities. As a State of Indiana employee, you impact the well-being of Indiana’s communities every day.


At the State of Indiana, we don’t just talk about diversity and inclusion – Our goal is to create a welcoming, accessible, and equitable workplace, with a workforce that is representative of the State of Indiana population. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.


About the Richmond State Hospital:

Richmond State Hospital is about the people we serve and the community relationships we have developed dating back to 1890. Richmond State Hospital is a public behavioral health facility operated by the state of Indiana and one of six state psychiatric hospitals within the Family and Social Services Administration Division of Mental Health and Addiction. As part of a newly integrated system of state psychiatric hospitals, we serve consumers across the state as the Eastern Center of Excellence in Mental Health and Addiction Services.


Nestled in northwestern Richmond, our beautiful campus provides a quiet and peaceful environment. We provide psychiatric and co-occurring treatment to all adults regardless of race, religion, sex, gender identification, age, handicap, national origin and ability to pay for services. We are proud of our heritage and committed to continuing our tradition of service.


Richmond State Hospital offers individual psychotherapy, group psychotherapy, chaplain services, family therapy and education, group psycho-education, rehabilitation therapies, and patient employment opportunities. Unit-based programming is augmented with campus-wide specialty groups. RSH has been a state leader in evidenced-based medication prescribing to both reduce the risks associated with polypharmacy and optimize clinical outcomes. The hospital clinical and medical leadership collaborate with the unit treatment teams to provide the most contemporary and comprehensive care possible.


Salary Information:

Starting pay for this position is $14.55/hour.


About the Job:

As the Behavioral Health Recovery Attendant, you will accurately administer authorized treatments, conduct, and assist with nursing programs, and perform a variety of tasks associated with the daily care and treatment of patients. You will work under the clinical supervision of a licensed nurse to provide patient care, helping patients meet their physical and emotional needs.

A Day in the Life:


The essential functions of this role are as follows:

  • Carry out or assist with the physical care of patients including lifting items of heavy weight, and/or other activities of daily living per treatment plan objectives and goals.
  • Initiate and participate in therapeutic interventions by using principles of de-escalation, redirection and approved behavioral intervention techniques for prevention and management of behavior.
  • Report side effects of medications to RN.     
  • Recognize the potential need for a prn medication and reports the need to RN. 
  • Escort patients to and from therapies, dining area and other areas of the hospital for treatment and programming.
  • Escort and/or drive patients to off-grounds appointments and activities.
  • Observe patients’ physical condition, accurately documents, and reports changes to the RN.
  • Appropriately apply skills in psychosocial care of patients, encourages patients, and interact with them to socialize and participate in activities and programming.
  • Recognize and demonstrate the ability to handle psychiatric emergencies and intervenes appropriately.
  • Follow safety standards and precautions, policies, procedures, and regulations.
  • Demonstrate the ability to set appropriate healthy boundaries and limitations according to individual treatment plans.

The job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time. 

What You'll Need for Success:

  • High school diploma or High School Equivalency (HSE). 
  • Six (6) months successful work experience in a healthcare setting or hold a valid Indiana CNA certification preferred.
  • Must obtain and maintain CPR certification and demonstrate ability to perform techniques.
  • Ability to handle stressful situations.
  • Good writing skills to appropriately document reports.
  • Ability to build relationships with employees, support services and the public.

This person must satisfy the following requirements to continue employment:

  • The ability to successfully pass the behavioral intervention training test.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:

This role does not provide direct supervision to direct reports.


Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:

The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package for full-time employees which includes: 

  • Three (3) medical plan options (including RX coverage) and vision/dental coverages 
  • Wellness program (offers premiums discount for the medical plan) 
  • Health savings account (includes bi-weekly state contribution) 
  • Deferred compensation account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match 
  • Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options 
  • Group life insurance 
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits 
  • Paid vacation, personal and sick time off 
  • Competitive leave policies covering a variety of employee needs 
  • 12 company paid holidays, 14 on election years 
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program 
  • New Parent Leave 
  • Free Parking 
  • Free LinkedIn Learning 


Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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Nearest Major Market: Richmond Indiana